Today in History for 28th January 2020

Historical Events

1918 – Finnish Civil War: Rebels seized control of the capital, Helsinki, and members of the Senate of Finland go underground.
1969 – 2nd ABA All-Star Game: West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville
1979 – “The Wiz” closes at Majestic Theater in NYC after 1,672 performances
1985 – 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper and Lionel Richie win
1989 – David Boon completes 7th Test century, 149 v WI at SCG
1991 – Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule

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Famous Birthdays

1722 – Johann Ernst Bach, composer
1865 – Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1928)
1907 – Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), born in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire (d. 1987)
1934 – Mitr Chaibancha, Thai actor (d. 1970)
1959 – Dave Sharp, rock guitarist (Alarm-In the Summertime)
1969 – Giorgio Lamberti, Italian free style swimmer (world record 200m)

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Famous Deaths

1393 – Earl of Joigny, burned at royal ball in Paris
1898 – Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer, dies at 74
1930 – Clarence Skelton Wimble, cricket (score pair in Test for S Af), dies
1965 – Maxime Weygand, French soldier (b. 1867)
1995 – George Woodcock, author, dies at 82
2007 – Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)

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